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EU Prize for Women Innovators


2016 winners are...

The three winners of the 2016 EU Prize for Women Innovators have been announced.

The winners, from Portugal, Finland and Ireland, have all received EU research and innovation funding at some point in their careers, and recently founded or co-founded a successful company based on their innovative ideas.

Photo of the winners Commissioner Moedas with the three winners.
From right to left: Susana Sargento, Sirpa Jalkanen and Sarah Bourke

The winners are:

First: Dr. Susana Sargento, co-founder of Veniam in Portugal, turns vehicles into Wi-Fi hotspots and builds city-scale vehicular networks that collect terabytes of urban data.
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Second: Prof. Sirpa Jalkanen, co-founder of BioTie Therapies in Finland, discovered unique targets for drug development for harmful inflammations and cancer treatment.
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Third: Dr. Sarah Bourke, co-founder of Skytek in Ireland, develops software for the International Space Station and received innovation awards from NASA.
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Photo of the winners
Photo of the winners
Photo of the winners

The three winners received their prizes from Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation during a Citizens' Dialogue event in Brussels on 10 March on the importance of women in Business and Research.

Commission announces winners of 2016 EU Prize for Women Innovators - News Alert


Nine finalists compete for the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2016

Nine outstanding women entrepreneurs who have brought their breakthrough ideas to the market have reached the final stage of the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2016.

The finalists were selected by a high-level jury consisting of independent experts from business, venture capital, entrepreneurship and academia. 64 applications were submitted for the 2016 edition of the Prize. The companies created by the contestants showcase innovations in a wide range of sectors, with life science and ICT being the most dominant ones.

Women innovate, Europe gains!


The event took place on 10 March in Brussels , Belgium.

Follow the contest on Twitter via hashtag #EUWIN2016

Download: Poster (FR/NL)  PDF icon 2.3 MB | Invitation to the Award Ceremony  PDF icon 253 KB

Nine finalists compete for the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2016 - News Alert